Volunteers required urgently for cost of living research

The research will help create a better understanding of the needs and costs experienced by people living in rural and remote areas of Scotland.

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The Scottish Government has commissioned research to help create a better understanding of the needs and costs experienced by people who live in rural and remote areas of Scotland.

The research findings will be used by the Scottish Government and other organisations to help make sure that people have enough to enable them to have an acceptable standard of living and to play a full part in today’s society.

The project has been recruiting, in Campbeltown and surrounding villages (within a 10 miles radius), for participants for three online focus groups (using Zoom) from a variety of backgrounds and age groups but uptake so far has been very low and volunteers are required urgently if the research is to proceed.

Participants do not need to be an ‘expert’ in anything and will not be discussing personal details. Involvement in this project is voluntary, with participants receiving a £50 voucher (for use in Tesco, Co-op or Amazon) as a contribution for giving their time, and discussions during the focus groups are strictly confidential.

The dates for the focus groups are as follows:
•Working age with no dependents: Monday, November 23, 18.30-21.30
•Pensioners: Tuesday, November 24, 10.00-13.00
•Parents: Thursday, November 26, 18.30-21.30

The research will be carried out using three local focus groups which will involve a
small number of people taking part in an informal discussion led by a professional
researcher.

Normally these focus groups would be carried out at a local venue, however, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions the groups will take place online using Zoom, with support provided for those who are unfamiliar with using the technology.

The research will be conducted by the Centre for Research is Social Policy (CRSP) team at the University of Loughborough working alongside two Highland based researchers. The researchers operate under two strict ethical and legal codes, including those of the Data Protection Acts and the Social Research Association.

Anyone wishing to take part in this study or would like more information please
contact Jo Ellen and Amanda Bryan at 07851 969871 or misrrs.recruitment@gmail.com Additional information on the research is available at https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crsp/mis/.